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Are you searching for a remote beach that you haven’t yet visited? Certainly, the short days and long nights of February have many of us dreaming of warm summer skies, crystal clear oceans and soft white sand. For those seeking a slice of paradise, look no further than TravelLocal’s shortlist of the top 5 remote beaches on earth…

The West Coast of Nosy Be – Madagascar

Madagascar has long been famed for its incredible biodiversity and unique wildlife. Nestled off the north-western coast is the beautiful island of Nosy Be, offering intrepid explorers a chance to unwind on pristine beaches.

The island’s main hubs, Ambatoloaka and Hell-Ville, are found on the southern side of the island. Their beaches can be quite crowded but if you journey along the west coast, visitor numbers drop significantly. The northern end of this stretch of coast provides a wonderful spot to enjoy turquoise waters and stunning sunsets.

For the adventurous, there are also plenty of activities on offer. The warm waters around the island provide fantastic opportunities for snorkelling and diving. Those who venture inland may stumble across waterfalls, lagoons, cocoa and vanilla plantations, and abundant wildlife in the Reserve Naturelle Integrale de Lokobe.

Mafia Island – Tanzania

Of the 50 verdant islands found off the coast of Tanzania, Zanzibar is undoubtedly the most famous. This is with good reason – its tropical climate, rich cultural history and friendly inhabitants make it a popular destination for those seeking an island getaway.

However, if you’re willing to step off the beaten track there is an island gem that remains virtually unknown. Found 160 km to the south of Zanzibar is Mafia island, a part of the Mafia archipelago. Although its name might suggest otherwise, there is nothing threatening about this remote and picturesque island!

A large coral reef surrounds the island, making it one of the finest places on the planet to observe marine wildlife. The island’s inland also offers a variety of wildlife, including 5 endemic species of butterflies. The presence of the coral reef has meant that near half of Mafia’s beaches have been awarded protected status by the Tanzanian government. This ensures an increased level of wildlife protection and restrictions on development plans, conserving these wonderful shorelines for years to come.

Manzanillo – Costa Rica

The coastline that lies between the Caribbean Sea and Costa Rica is one of the most breath-taking in the whole of Latin America. The beaches and villages that lie along the country’s length act as a thin partition between its abundant land and marine wildlife, making them excellent pit stops for anyone looking to explore. However, there is more to the beaches of Costa Rica than the wildlife that surrounds them. The town of Puerto Viejo, for example, is a well-known surfing hot spot, perfect for anyone with a love of water sports.

Perhaps the finest beach in Costa Rica is found south of Puerto Viejo, near the sleepy fishing village of Manzanillo in the Limon province. Manzanillo beach boasts azure blue waters and soft white sands. Its shore is lined with leaning palm trees, broad leaves swaying lazily in the warm breeze. Manzanillo is a quiet village with little in the way of tourism, making it an excellent place for a stress-free getaway. The village has a number of local markets and restaurants, making it one of the best places in the country to sample seafood delicacies.

Siquijor – The Philippines

With over 7000 islands on offer, any traveller to the Philippines is utterly spoilt for choice. Whatever your desert island daydream, this resplendent country is sure to deliver. From thin slices of sand surrounded by great swathes of sea, to huge landmasses covered in verdant vegetation, there’s a beachside adventure for everyone.

If you want to stay away from the crowds, there’s one particular beach highlight to bear in mind. Found on the most westerly point of Siquijor Island is a small village by the name of Paliton. Heading out of the village is a foot track, roughly a kilometre in length, which leads to a treasure of the Philippines islands: Paliton Beach.

This charming shoreline, quaint, quiet and little developed, offers the perfect beachside escape. With pristine sand and clear blue waters as far as the eye can see, Paliton beach is the getaway you’ve been dreaming of!

The Togean Islands – Indonesia

Among the thousands of Indonesian islands sprawled across the Indian Ocean, perhaps some of the finest are the Togean islands. Situated some 40km away from the equator, these islands have fantastic weather throughout the year. Their favourable climate also allows for a great variety of flora and fauna to thrive upon the islands and in their surrounding waters.

The Togean Islands are very remote, you won’t find any ATMs or wifi service on these sandy shores, so they are ideal for those seeking a break from the chaos of modern life. If you’re looking for a chance to unwind, the long white beaches and warm ocean waters of the Togean islands are the little slice of paradise you’ve been looking for!

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